Precision Equilibrated Complete and Partial Dentures
NEW DENTURE INSTRUCTIONS
Adjusting to a new denture may take several days, weeks, or in rare cases, months. Adjustment time depends on the severity of changes made to correct the years of bone loss and denture wear. Should you encounter any problems with your new denture, please refer to these instructions.
You may find yourself lisping, whistling, or generally having speech difficulties. In time, as you adapt to the new dentures, your speech will return to normal. You can shorten the adjustment period by reading aloud; repeating the difficult words over and over again until you master them.
NAUSEA AND EXCESSIVE SALIVA
New dentures may cause your mouth to produce excessive saliva that can, in turn, cause nausea. Keep a small (sugarless) candy in your mouth; this will make you swallow more often and help the saliva flow to return to normal amounts. You may gag a bit on the denture(s) at first, however, the only way to alleviate this reaction is to keep the denture in your mouth until the reflex ceases. Sipping water may also help to control gagging.
Perhaps the biggest challenge you will face with your new dentures is (re) learning how to eat. New eating skills must be developed because the position, size, and shape of your dentures are at least slightly different than your previous denture or natural teeth. Start by eating soft foods, then as you get accustomed to your dentures, return to your usual diet. Stay away from bulky, sticky, or hard foods and cut food into smaller portions. Try to chew on both the left and right sides of the back teeth at the same time to help balance the denture. Only use the front teeth for biting things off, not for chewing.
Dentures can restrict blood flow to the gums due to their form, fit and the pressure of biting. Reduced blood flow is one of the causes in accelerated bone loss. Less bone = less fit!
Taking your dentures out at night
Your gums and natural teeth will remain healthier if you remove your dentures while you are sleeping. Taking your dentures out at night allows your ridges to have a break from the compression of constant denture wearing and improves circulation to your gums. If you have no natural teeth, brush your gums and tongue daily with a very soft toothbrush to keep them clean and healthy. It is best to do this before going to bed in the evening. When your dentures are out of your mouth, make sure to keep them in water.
” |I don’t want to take my dentures out at night!
If you choose to leave your dentures in at night or your dental professional has instructed you to leave them in, then follow this regime
Remove your dentures at least 2x per day (the best time is when cleaning your dentures). Have a soft bristled toothbrush for brushing your gums and tongue. Brush them gently for 1 minute. This action will bring vital blood to the surface of the tissue, thus removing waste products and bringing nutrients to the cells.
Make sure to wear dentures on in matched sets. Upper and lower dentures from different pairs are not interchangeable. If you have a partial denture, place the denture in your mouth using your fingers – do not ‘bite’ them into place. Switching back and forth from the new set to old dentures will hinder proper adaptation and adjustment to the new dentures. Keep one set of old dentures as your ’emergency’ dentures. These can be stored in an airtight container. Before storing, be sure to disinfect the dentures in a solution of bleach (1 tbsp) and water (4 cups) for about 1/2 hour or straight mouthwash for 1/2 hour. Be sure that they are dry before storing.
Brush your dentures after every meal and soak them at least once a week in a commercial denture cleaner. If you have a partial denture, remove it and brush your natural teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Do not use regular toothpaste on a full or partial denture as it will scratch the finish off the denture and damage it. Use products specifically designed to clean dentures.
Do not soak your dentures in boiling hot water as it can warp the plastic. Do not soak your dentures in bleach; it is especially harmful to the metal in dentures and to soft liners.
If you get a buildup of a hard mineral-like deposit (it may appear whitish, yeller, or stained brown) that you can’t seem to get off of your dentures, soak them overnight in regular household vinegar. The vinegar is a weak acid that will soften the buildup without harming the denture. In the morning, brush off as much buildup as you can, and, if necessary, repeat several nights in a row until the buildup is gone.
Remember, a denture is a prosthesis just like an artificial limb or eye and cannot be expected to function in the same manner as natural teeth. As we age, our bone ridges continue to shrink so every successive denture has less and less to hold onto.
New dentures take time to settle in, so please be patient and give yourself time to adjust. As your dentures settle, you may find a sore spot or two. Please do not try to adjust your dentures yourself. If you are too uncomfortable, please remove your dentures until you are able to come in for an adjustment. If you have discomfort or questions, please do not hesitate to call the Westshore Denture Clinic at 250-478-2114 to book an appointment.